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- science vs. religion
- Moody Institute of Science
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Subject: God Had A One Track Mind
Many of his traps resemble the human vulva.
A nice metaphor presented here for "alimony."
Subject: Interesting look back at science class
Subject: Don't believe in God and plants...
Subject: Out of fear I'm tempted to abstain
Now I admit that I've been accused of thinking of a certain topic I'm alluding to more frequently than I should, but at this particular instance I feel the need to insist. One of a few things that caught my attention were "the tiny hairs on the welcome mat", hairs that after the symbolic passage of the caterpillar were no longer all so welcoming. Then the evangelical ideal that such an object contains a "pool of death". The idea that the caterpillar's falling victim to the satisfaction of his curiosity was to take "the line of least resistance", and that once he commited his passage getting out was "an entirely different matter". And then to conclude Moon's report on this plant "when an insect topples in [...] a pool of liquid will put him to sleep and then digest him" I find this detail of sleep quite amusing since a man's hormones, after orgasm, leave him with a desire to sleep. Then the idea of toppling in, falling to temptation as one might put it in a sermon, and then the insect being digested by the object of his curiosity. I thought this was enough, but to further the image the insects are referred to as hims ("the liquid will put him to sleep and then digest him") and not its. It is interesting to note the change in tone from the "tiny hairs on the welcome mat" to just after this scene, the ambiguous "beautiful isn't it?", sounding almost sarcastic in demonstrating the brutality of nature. Then to add a little touch of detail is the music and how it reaches a climax as the caterpillar falls in and that music is used only in images of nature, with the exception of a forecast in the opening scenes to when man seeing the world from such a great distance will be commonplace.
I think the Moody Institute of Science's film, Carnivorous Plants, isn't just about saying man cannot create traps as complex as God's, but is also about saying that man should observe and admire and that knowing the potential dangers should not take "the line of least resistance".
Subject: Long before the Discovery Channel - or the Moody Nerd Trap.
The short "Carnivorous Plants" has been recycled to be included into a 25 minute production called "Rights of priority". This movie talked about carnivorous plants, and added trapdoor spiders, and the diving spider which uses a bubble of air on its belly to stay alive underwater.
The title "Rights of priority" (was it right of way?), was used to "prove" that God has invented through his creations, what man claims to have invented: The Venus Fly Trap preceded the classic bear trap, the diving spider's air bubble preceded the scuba tank, etc.
As I stated in my review of "The mysteries of Time", the movies were presented at at least three world's fairs (Seattle in 1962, New York in 1964-1965, and Montreal's Expo 67, and its sequels from 1968 to 1975. Sermons From Science used what is now the Spectrum for a venue in 1976 for the Montreal Olympics.
I find that watching the films again, bring back my childhood naivetÃÂ©. I remember comments in one of the Moody Science Institure productions, stating that on the very same day that Galileo invented the Telescope, Anton van Leeuwenhoek invented the Microscope.
Science is not the main purpose of this series of films, it is the evangelisation of the nerds. However the photography, for the time was breath-taking and was indirect advertising to encourage the pursuit of a carreer in science. This was before the Discovery Channel, and in the sixties, there weren't too many science documentaries on TV, though there were a lot of nature, history, and Georgraphy documentaries.
Have a nice day,
Georges in Montreal.
Subject: God Is Good, Though Sadistic
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: Intelligent design?
This leads to the discussion of the most famous of the insectivorous planets, the venus flytrap. The mechanism for triggering the trap is explained, using a bear trap as a comparison. As this and other similar plants are explained, such as the pitcher plant and the sundew plant, the tone is always how these plants are superior to man's attempt at imitation. However, it is not until near the end that God is mentioned explicitately. There is a sense of awe about the complexity of such plants, and it would seem like this is the sort of film that those in the so-called "intelligent design" school of biological science would make 50 years later.